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First group of Chinese visitors arrive

Thirty-nine Chinese tourists on the new special tourist visas arrive at Suvarnabhumi airport from Shanghai on Tuesday evening. (Photo by Somchai Poomlard)

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The first group of Chinese visitors since the Covid-19 outbreak forced the closure of Thailand's borders in March arrived at Suvarnabhumi airport from Shanghai on Tuesday.

The 41 Chinese visitors on a Special Tourist Visa (STV) arrived on a special Spring Airlines flight at 5.10pm yesterday, Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) governor Yuthasak Supasorn said.

Mr Yuthasak said the tourists have entered the 14-day quarantine in Bangkok. "Most of them planned to visit the beach and they already reserved hotel rooms," he said.

Upon arriving, the tourists were required to download a tracking app on their smartphones. The STV allows them to remain in the kingdom for up to 90 days, and is renewable twice.

Mr Yuthasak said more Chinese visitors are on their way, with 147 due to arrive at Suvarnabhumi airport from Guangzhou on Oct 26. TAT estimated that each tourist would spend around 800,000 baht during their stay in Thailand.

A group of 120 visitors from Guangzhou were supposed to arrive in Phuket on Oct 8, but their trip was postponed as the island's authorities were concerned they might not have the manpower to deal with the tourists' arrival.

Meanwhile, Thai Airways International (THAI) announced it will fly 120 Chinese visitors with STVs to Thailand on Oct 28.

The special flight will pick up tourists from Shanghai, along with individuals of various nationalities with a medical visa, as well as Thais returning home from China.

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estimated : thought to be a particular amount, size, etc. based on a guess or the best information available - ประมาณการ

individual : a person considered separately rather than as part of a group - บุคคล

manpower : the supply of people who are able to work - กำลังคน

quarantine (noun): a situation in which a person or animal that might have a disease is kept separate from other people or animals so that they do not catch the disease - การกักบริเวณ, การจำกัดบริเวณ

supposed to : should do .... -

tracker (noun): a special type of electronic equipment that can follow the movements of somebody/something; a person who is following someone or something -


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